“A man planted a vineyard and rented it out to vine-growers, and went on a journey for a long time.
At the harvest time, he sent a slave to the vine-growers, so that they would give him some of the produce of the vineyard; but the vine-growers beat him and sent him away empty-handed.
And he proceeded to send another slave; and they beat him also and treated him shamefully and sent him away empty-handed.
And he proceeded to send a third; and this one also they wounded and cast out.
The owner of the vineyard, said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son; perhaps they will respect him.’
But when the vine-growers saw him, they reasoned with one another, saying, ‘This is the heir; let us kill him so that the inheritance will be ours.’
So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What, then will the owner of the vineyard do to them?
He will come and destroy these vine-growers and will give the vineyard to others.”
How can we reconcile a good heavenly Father and the evil and chaos that we experience? It’s all about perspective.
God planted a garden, created the earth, and placed people in it.
Because of sin, God left the garden and left Satan in charge.
God sent His prophets throughout history to gather in people that would believe and follow God.
They were killed.
God sent His beloved Son – Jesus.
They killed Him, too.
God is coming back to claim that which is His.
Then His people will see and experience His goodness.
Those who unrightfully claimed ownership will be thrown into the fiery pit for all of eternity.
Are you angry because of the injustices of your world? Be angry at Satan. He is the ruler of this earth. For a time. Dare to hope and dream of the day that the rightful owner will return and evil will be punished and the children of God will be ushered into the eternal kingdom of joy and peace.
God is so good that He not only sent His Son, but He also sent His Spirit and His Word to walk beside us and guide us and to give us heavenly perspective. All of this is “momentary, light affliction” compared to the glory of eternity. (2 Corinthians 4:17).
Be angry. But sin not. Be angry at Satan and his demons. Be angry that people choose to follow Satan’s evil ways. Be angry that Satan has come to kill and destroy through disease and death. But keep your perspective and don’t turn your anger towards God. He is good. He is love. He will do what He has promised. He loves you.